Ensemble Prizes to Riot Ensemble in the United Kingdom and Synaesthesis from Lithuania. The new prize for outstanding young ensembles whose work is entirely focused to contemporary music comes with a cash award of 75,000 euros per ensemble. In 2020, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation supported the contemporary music world with a total of 3.6 million euros.
Established in 2020 and accompanied by a cash award of 75,000 euros per ensemble, the annual Ernst von Siemens Ensemble Prize supports two outstanding young ensembles in their artistic and structural development. The Board of Trustees, which includes composers Wolfgang Rihm and Enno Poppe, artistic directors Ilona Schmiel and Andrea Zietzschmann and the violinist Carolin Widmann among others, had the unenviable task of selecting just two recipients from a great number of outstanding applications for the ‘20/21 season. Their decision landed with Riot Ensemble in the United Kingdom and Synaesthesis from Lithuania.
“Numerous ensembles have discovered that – in a period of increasing professionalism – their success is accompanied by greater structural, legal, organisational and financial burdens. It is with this stabilisation phase that the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation would like to provide assistance through its award. It is important that a long-term solution can be suggested and implemented by the ensemble within the space of the award period”, explains representative of Ernst von Siemens Foundation.